Recent developments in restorative dentistry have made it possible for individuals to replace missing teeth with results that look, function, and feel more like natural teeth than ever before. Implant-supported dentures are a combination of two effective missing teeth replacement techniques that can be ideal options for patients who are missing most or all of their teeth on the top and/or bottom rows. With implant-supported dentures, our dentists at Delmarva Dental Services can help you attain secure, comfortable teeth replacement that can genuinely improve your livelihood.
- What Are Implant Dentures?
- Implant Dentures Benefits
- Implant Dentures Procedure
- Implant-Retained Vs. Implant-Supported Dentures
- Implant-Supported Dentures Results
- Implant Dentures Care
- Implant Dentures Cost
What Are Implant Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures, which are also commonly referred to as “implant dentures” or “implant-anchored dentures,” are essentially hybrid versions of dental implants and traditional dentures. These advanced missing teeth replacement procedures combine some of the best aspects of implants and dentures, allowing them to work together to create stable teeth replacement that improves both function and appearance. Rather than utilize a dental implant to replace each missing tooth, implant dentures involve only a select number of implants to properly secure a custom denture. This provides the denture with a more solid foundation of support and reduces the need for denture adhesives to keep it from moving or slipping along the gums.
What Benefits Do Implant-Supported Dentures Offer?
Implant-supported dentures offer a remarkable range of benefits for patients who are missing multiple teeth or all of their teeth on the upper and/or lower areas of the mouth. With implant dentures, individuals can:
- Achieve comprehensive teeth replacement designed to look and function like natural teeth
- Reduce the likelihood that the denture will shift or slip from its designated placement on the gums
- Reduce and even eliminate the need for messy pastes and putties to keep the dentures secure
- Enjoy more of the foods they like
- Improve chewing, speaking, and smile aesthetics
- Minimize the potential for bone loss and wear on the gums
During your initial consultation, our dentist will evaluate your oral structures, listen to your concerns, and help you determine whether implant-supported dentures are the best option for your goals. Implant dentures involve placement of the implants in various locations along the dental arch. These areas will be selected based on adequate jawbone density for which to accommodate the implant. With this technique in mind, patients who may have been previously told they are not candidates for dental implants may actually qualify as candidates for implant dentures.
Delmarva Dental Services offers an array of missing teeth replacement options to suit the unique needs of each individual patient. In addition to implant-supported dentures, our practice offers full dental implant procedures, mini dental implants, implant bridges, and traditional dentures. If implant-supported dentures are the most ideal option, our dentist will create a customized treatment plan designed to provide the best results possible.
How Is the Implant Supported Dentures Procedure Performed?
The implant-supported dentures procedure begins with a detailed treatment plan that will identify the location of the implants that can yield the most natural and comfortable fit for the custom denture. Utilizing advanced 3-Dimensional cone beam dental technology, a series of high-definition x-rays will be taken, and a 3-D model of your oral structures will be developed. This state-of-the-art process produces a surgical guide for the placement of the dental implants that allows for incredibly accurate and precise results.
The selected number of implants will be delicately inserted into the strategically chosen areas of the gums, and then anchored to the jawbone. The implants should then begin what’s called the “osseointegration” process, in which they fuse to the bone and essentially become artificial tooth roots. Osseointegration will take place over a period of several months; during this period, a temporary denture appliance can be placed. After the implants have successfully fused to the jawbone, the permanent custom denture will be securely fastened to the implants and the procedure is complete.
Implant dentures allow patients to fully and completely replace missing teeth with results that feel and function like original teeth. Plus, they can significantly restore dental aesthetics and have you smiling with confidence again!
Implant-Retained Vs. Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant-retained dentures and implant-supported dentures share many similarities, but they also have some distinctions that can make one option more ideal than the other for certain patients. An implant-retained denture often requires a fewer number of dental implants to adequately support a denture prosthesis. This option essentially relies more on the gums to absorb the force when you bite down on food. Implant-retained dentures typically have to be removed for daily cleaning. An implant-supported denture often necessitates more dental implants for effective stabilization and foundational support of the denture. With implant-supported dentures, the dentures themselves along with the implants and the jawbone absorb much of the biting force, often giving patients a more effective and natural bite. Plus, implant-supported dentures are typically “fixed” in place, meaning they will not need to be removed for oral hygiene routines. This makes it possible to brush and floss them in much the same way as you would your natural teeth.
Both implant-retained dentures and implant-supported dentures can provide effective solutions for missing teeth replacement. Whether you are a more ideal candidate for implant-retained dentures or implant-supported dentures will ultimately depend on jawbone density, your unique needs and goals, and other factors. Our dentist can talk more with you about the benefits of each of these options once your needs have been evaluated.
How Long Do Implant-Supported Dentures Last?
Implant-supported dentures can last for many years—even a lifetime for some patients—as long as you take good care of them. Good oral hygiene routines plus attending the recommended amount of dental check-ups each year can go a long way toward ensuring your implant-supported dentures last well into the future. Our practice will provide you with detailed instructions on the best ways to properly maintain your implant-supported dentures in order to prolong the results for as long as possible.
How Do I Clean My Implant Dentures?
How to effectively clean your implant dentures will depend on the specific type of implant dentures that you receive. For some kinds of implant dentures, simple brushing and flossing, in addition to routine dental check-ups, are all that’s necessary for adequate care. Once you have been evaluated and the type of implant dentures that are best for your needs has been selected, our dentist will discuss the most effective cleaning techniques with you to ensure they are being properly cared for over time.
How Much Do Implant-Supported Dentures Cost?
The total cost of implant-supported dentures is highly variable among patients since the treatment is customized based on each individual’s unique needs. Factors that will be taken into account for the final price of implant dentures include the number of dental implants necessary to successfully secure the denture, the custom denture prosthesis, materials and laboratory fees, the overall complexity of the procedure, whether complete or partial dentures are being placed, whether sedation dentistry techniques are used in the procedure, and other components.
Our dental team believes in providing a thorough, upfront cost estimate of your implant dentures treatment so you will know what to expect. Once your treatment plan is developed, we will produce an estimate of the total cost that includes all expenses related to your procedure. We will be happy to discuss the many payment options available here at Delmarva Dental Services, and we can answer any questions you may have about financing your treatment. We work with numerous dental financing companies, including CareCredit®, that offer eligible applicants a range of affordable plans designed to make paying for treatment as convenient as possible.
For more information on implant-supported dentures, or to schedule your initial consultation, please contact us today.